On Friday, Illinois enters a new month under the stay at home order. But this new term comes with modifications some businesses, like Heights Flowers, have been waiting a long time for.
"We understood and agreed with the limitations, but it was a little disappointing that people were able to purchase the same product by stores that weren't being held to the same standard that we were," said manager Chris Gaspar.
Gaspar says they adjusted by only doing pickup orders to stay afloat.
"We've had to do business in a completely different way than we ever had before, we are anxious and excited to get the customers back in the door tomorrow," said Gaspar.
However, she notes patrons will have a different shopping experience.
"Everybody will have to wear a mask, and we're asking people to be very aware of the space in between each other...we are going to create an outdoor checkout and try to have the flow of the store going in one direction," she added.
In addition to the opening of garden centers and nurseries, changes coming May 1st include:
- The opening of select state parks
- The opening of pet grooming businesses
- Essential businesses and manufacturers required to provide employers with masks
- Nonessential retail allowed to provide pickup and deliver services
- Schools can allow for students to pickup supplies or belongings
Also starting on the first of May, people will have to wear masks/face coverings at indoor public spaces.